“Betraying the City”
After a very long wait, the professionally-bound A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer has finally arrived! Originally presented as a photocopied zine at the presentation which sparked Gods&Radicals, we’re pleased to offer an expanded, 40-page, perfect-bound edition with matte cover.
Single copies are $6.00, which includes shipping within the United States. (We are currently unable to offer the Primer outside the United States until we find a suitable distributor on account of punitively high shipping rate changes.)
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Speaking of shipping rate changes, prices for new subscriptions and future single-issue purchases of A Beautiful Resistance will increase March 1st. This is due both to postal rate changes and an increase in charges from our printer.
Until March 1st, you can still purchase a subscription (issues #1 and #2) within the United States for $20+$6 shipping until March 1st, or a single issue copy of A Beautiful Resistance–Everything We Already Are (#1) for $12.50 + shipping. Digital rates will remain unchanged. Here’s the link for purchasing.
We’ll have information on Pre-Sale prices for issue #2 as well as new subscription rates (for US and International folks) on March 1st.
Also on March 1st, we close the call for submissions for the next issue.
Pagan traditions often involve critiques of the modern, including specifically the urban. This week, a collection of links regarding the question of the city, anti-capitalism, ‘progress,’ and nature.
Primitivist and Anti-Civilization critiques (particularly that of Deep Green Resistance) often rely heavily on the hope that a future ‘apocalypse’ will even the playing field for humanity and the rest of the world. But is it possible to have Primitivism Without Catastrophe?
And on the matter of civilisation—instead of waiting for the cities to sink in the sea, how do we reclaim the cities?
Here’s an article from a modern-day struggle for the Commons in Lancaster.
And more notes from A Beautiful Resistance editor Lorna Smithers on the struggle against Fracking in Lancashire.
Writer Highlight: Rhyd Wildermuth
Rhyd Wildermuth’s one of the co-founders and is the Managing Editor of Gods&Radical, as well as the editor of the first issue of A Beautiful Resistance–Everything We Already Are. He’s also a monthly columnist for The Wild Hunt.
His experience growing up in abject poverty in Appalachia, raising two younger sisters after his mother became schizophrenic, and years of social work with the homeless (along with his own experience on the streets) taught him much about Capitalism’s hatred of the poor, while his devotion to Welsh gods and to the Forest honed his understanding of what Capitalism does to Nature.
From his essay, An Apparently Impossible Problem (also published in A Beautiful Resistance):
The way past the impossible usually just involves giving up some certainty that is keeping you on a snow-bound bus at the bottom of a hill, some habit, some reliance on an expectation that isn’t serving you any longer.
You can carry a rucksack full of wax and wine up a snowy hill with your lover and laugh and make mulled wine and warm yourself and each other with the love falling like rain and snow from the skies. You can read by the light of burning barricades and plant chamomile in the cracked pavement and tell stories of what it was like when we thought we should ignore the gods and the dead.
We can side with the poor and the streams and forests and crows and the forgotten, because there’s so many of us, you know, and we have the best stories.
He studies druidry with OBOD and lives in Occupied Duwamish Terrority in the city called Seattle. He’s also published two books, his primary blog is Paganarch, and his writing for Gods&Radicals can be found here.
The city’s unreal, the forest gates unhinged, and you walk always along the edge, in both worlds and neither.
You are emissary.
You are saboteur.
You are how the forest becomes the city you’ll betray.
You are unborn dreaming remembering the past.
You are the endless taking root in the now.
–Rhyd Wildermuth, from The Forest That Will Be, in A Kindness of Ravens.